California

Learn more about what California is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

CDE Distance Learning Webinar Series

Summary: California produced a comprehensive series of videos providing resources and information to educators, parents and students. Many of these videos relate to distance learning, IEP provision, available assistive technologies and additional distance learning resources for students with disabilities.

Operated by: California Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, IEP

CDE/SBE Remote Learning Guidance Document

Summary: California created a document that provides educators guidance on remote learning and includes information on promoting accessibility. It lists best practices for providing distance learning education to students with disabilities. It also provides links for teachers or students to acquire any necessary assistive technology to accommodate for student disabilities.

Operated by: California Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning

COVID-19 School Closures and Services to Students with Disabilities

Summary: The California Department of Education developed a web page that provides special education guidance for COVID-19. It provides viewers with information regarding distance learning and IEP provision.

Operated by: California Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Securing Devices and Connectivity for Students

Summary: An overview of available purchase programs to assist schools in securing equipment and connectivity services for students. These are made possible through partnerships between the California Department of Education and technological companies.

Operated by: California Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning

Special Education Guidance for COVID-19

Summary: California provides an FAQ document pertaining to distance learning and IEP information for students with disabilities. It informs IEP teams of the circumstances under which they must update IEPs due to COVID-19. It also provides a link where parents can receive answers to IEP-related questions, and it lists California legal requirements for virtual IEP meetings.

Operated by: California Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP 

Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools

Summary: On pages 19 to 21, California’s reopening plan provides particularly specific guidance for special education providers. This section discusses additional steps to protect students with disabilities, highlighting students who are medically fragile or immuno-compromised. It also notes certain IEP adjustments for consideration by IEP providers, focusing on additional accommodations for returning students with disabilities. This section also emphasizes communication with families, requiring that education providers communicate with families of students with disabilities over diverse networks to best engage them in their student’s learning process

Operated by: IEP, Family Engagement